Differences Of A Restorative Justice System

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Thankfully in our country the justice system and its processes for juveniles does often differ than that of adults. Every year there are almost 1.7 million teens that go through the justice system (Regoli, R., Hewitt, J., & Delisi, M., 2014). There are certain differences between what they experience in the justice system and that of their older counterparts.
A difference in the systems for you and adult is that for the youth there is an absence of legal guilt and an attempt at a non-confrontational approach, in a private environment (Regoli, R., Hewitt, J., & Delisi, M., 2014). Teens are at a stage in development where they would benefit from a non-aggressive interaction with adults and a public trial where their bad behavior is the spectacle
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Some systems use what is called a restorative justice program. In this type of treatment program, the main idea is using the community to help the teen see the problem with his behavior and then working together in the teens rehabilitation. There are several main ideas to the restorative justice programs. First is the idea that the crime that the teen committed is against someone (Restorative Justice, 2007). If the teen can see that he hurt someone, maybe putting a face to the crime he might be better able to hold himself accountable for his actions. The next vital piece to the restorative justice program is community involvement (Restorative Justice, 2007). The teen needs to get involved with community groups to learn how to behave better. Maybe getting involved with an organization that cleans parks might help a teen see that vandalism is a terrible thing. If the youth had committed a crime like vandalism, this would be the perfect way for him to take responsibility for what he had done. Another important aspect of the program is respect of both the youth who committed the crime, the victim, as well as the community members helping the offender through the rehabilitation process (Restorative Justice, 2007). I think that respect is the biggest thing for teen interaction rather it is when dealing with them in the justice system or any other environment. …show more content…
Do they prevent recidivism? Chain gangs were extremely popular in the United States during the countries period of slavery especially in the southern states (Ford, 2013). Men would be chained together at the ankle and forced to perform physical labor. Unusual correctional treatments like the chain gang and others including the wearing of pink clothing at an Arizona prison are becoming popular again and could possibly be lowering recidivism rates but may not be the best situations for juveniles. Juvenile detention facilities and programs need to focus on rehabilitation and less on punishments. In Brevard County Florida the sheriff has started using chain gangs. He doesn’t force them to participate, but many chose to as it gets them outside more, the sheriff shackles the prisoner’s ankles together (not to each other) and takes them out into the community to perform manual labor (Ford, 2013). Sheriff Ivey believes that it causes the individuals this is a great way to deter others from committing crimes, as when people see the men on the side of the road they think about not want to be in that prisoner’s shoes (Ford, 2013). Some people think that this kind of treatment is too similar to slavery especially when it is happening in the South and others see it as a good way to get almost $10 million worth of free labor (Ford,

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